Originally published: April 26, 2012
Last updated: April 26, 2012 - 7:50pm
DirecTV has accused creditors of Tribune Company of taking control of certain local television stations without getting a green light from regulators, escalating the latest spat over TV-programming costs.
The satellite-TV company filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to intervene in the dispute, which is over the fees DirecTV pays to carry Tribune's 23 TV stations in 19 cities. The stations, which include affiliates of the CW and Fox networks, have been blacked out on DirecTV's service since the weekend. Fox is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal, while CW is jointly owned by CBS and Time Warner.
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